About Me

My name is Jeff, and I’m currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Theology, in the Systematic Theology track.  My goal with this blog is to work through the theology I’m studying conceptually and critically, as I add it to my worldview.  I love theology, because it’s how we understand the person and work of Jesus Christ, along with all of life, the universe, and everything.  I hope you enjoy, and are challenged by, the theology presented within this blog as much as I am.

7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. i am looking for information on the authority of christ over trials and the authority of christ over death

  2. I grew up in fundamentalist circles, and it took me a long time to get rid of that baggage. Training as an historian, I learned to see that historical documents need to be interpreted in the light of the times in which they were written. Today, reading Genesis as ancient Near Eastern literature helps me to avoid the pitfalls of literalism. I especially appreciate your careful explanation of the meaning of “myth” in this context. I am reminded of an English professor I had at Yale who defined myth as “story that has culturally formative power” — that is, story that is intended to tell us who we are and why we are here, rather than to give us specific factual information. I stumbled upon your web site, but having discovered it, I’ll be visiting more often. Just as a side note, I’m a 40-year veteran teacher of history in a Christian high school, and also an elder at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle.

    • Thanks Lowell, I’m glad that you found it useful! I love that definition of myth, it gets right to the point. I’ll steal it 🙂

      RE: shedding fundamentalism, a friend of mine (a sociologist, so I suppose he comes by it honestly) calls himself post-Evangelical. I resisted such labels initially, but it seems more and more appropriate these days. If you haven’t already, you may find resonance in the writings of Rachel Held Evans (for a popular take) and Diana Butler Bass (for a more scholarly take). I’m also quite excited about David P. Gushee’s new book, Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism. I hope their stories are helpful.

      Thanks for this comment! I haven’t updated this blog in too long; now I’m inspired to try to pick it up again.



  3. I just stumbled on your blog as I’m doing an Ethics module in my MA in Theology. I found your summary of Bonhoeffer’s four mandates very helpful, and then I enjoyed reading your latest blog. So what happened in the election?

    Thanks for writing clearly and thinking well. I need to get back to my essay.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s